The big chain coffee shops and restaurants tend to grab the most prominent locations in Welwyn Garden City, but I am always on the look out for an interesting independent, who offer something special. Overshadowed by the enormous Sainsburys, Cafe Trio is tucked away on a pedestrian street, yet has managed to attract and keep many loyal customers, so I popped in to find out why. It was a chilly day, but we were welcomed with a smile and shown to a cosy corner with bright orange seating; it was busy even for an early Monday lunchtime, which is a great sign. I liked the upbeat, but not intrusive music, and service was quick and helpful. The menu is long, with breakfasts, soups, sandwiches and more substantial main courses with a Turkish and Mediterranean focus. I love Turkish dips and falafel so asked the waiter about the hot and cold meze plate, which she described well, and a few minutes later showed it to me as one passed by on its way to another customer! For under £7, it was a generous and delicious plateful with hummus sprinkled with sumac, a herby falafel, a light courgette fritter, white bean salad, fresh tzatziki and a very good tomato and couscous dip. It came with a bowl of warm Turkish bread. My partner chose a vegetable moussaka which was full of flavour, with lovely layers of aubergine, potato, spinach and tomato. One negative note: the plates could have been cleaner. Mine was smeary with fingerprints which I had to clean, but the food was so delicious and good value I can forgive them that. Cafe Trio is now also open in the evenings Wednesdays to Saturdays, and I like the sound of the evening menus, which include Turkish pizza, meze platters, oven-baked lamb, grilled fish dishes and authentic kebabs. They do cocktails in the evenings and have a good range of wine, and they make it clear on their leaflets that they welcome families and groups. Cafe Trio recently won highly commended at the Welwyn Garden City Business Awards, and I can see why it is well liked. It isnt the most sophisticated place in Welwyn Garden City, but it is friendly and offers great value, which is very welcome on a cold day. Call 01707 322121 to book for the evenings.